Our Probiotic house cleaning service redefines the meaning of green cleaning. The benefits of probiotics have been understood for decades for our digestive system and overall health, but recent scientific discoveries show a much broader range of their health benefits. This is because Probiotics clean at the microscopic level by actually reducing germs, allergens, and viruses from your home, organically and safely.
* Not all maids use or carry probiotics, so please ask if you want probiotic cleaning
How It Began
It all started with a family member and taking showers. Once or twice a year, he would experience a serious sore throat that would occur out-of-the-blue. He would complain that his throat felt very dry and constricted as if he were wearing a tie around his neck that was too tight.
After visiting several doctors, he was told that it was likely to be food allergy and so kept track of what he ate in hopes of finding a connection. We were puzzled, to say the least, when he found no correlation to any specific type of food after a couple of years. He happened to be home one day when our maid came to clean our house, as she would regularly do, and was taken aback by a strong odor as walked by the shower. He immediately felt that “feeling” in his throat and asked the maid what that smell was. She proudly exclaimed, “It’s bleach! I always use it to clean the shower because it does such a good job! See how bright and clean it looks?”.
Soon after, we began looking into bleach and learned that it is an extremely dangerous chemical that has somehow made its way into our homes. We found that mixing bleach with any cleaning product containing ammonia creates a very deadly poison. In fact, in World War I and II the Germans used various combinations of bleach and ammonia to create rocket fuel and chemical weapons!
And it gets worse—when bleach is used in a shower, the steam can atomize the toxins into very small particulates, which can then not only be breathed into our lungs, but can also be absorbed through our skin. If your shower is enclosed with little to no airflow, as was ours, you are trapping the toxins which further enhances the problem.
So this is how it all started. Naked Clean was born from this personal experience as we decided it was time to create a new type of house cleaning service that understands there are MUCH better solutions today. It has made a significant improvement in our lives and those of our customers.
But Don’t Toxic Cleaning Products Kill Germs?
For the past 60 years or more, we believed that killing germs with highly toxic cleaners was a good idea. We thought—the stronger, the better. But would you be surprised to learn that after you clean a surface within hours it is right back to its germ-packed self again? Yep. Those nasty germs jump right back onto the surface you just cleaned.
And if you read the label on many cleaners you can easily see how potentially toxic and dangerous they can be—often finding the words “danger”, “poison”, and “caution”. Does that sound like something you want to have in your home? So why in the world do we use these chemicals when even common-sense tells us it’s wrong? It has been said that it is better to eat off a naturally dirty surface than it is to eat from a table that has been cleaned with a highly toxic product. So you clean and clean and clean, only to create an endless cycle of repeated toxic exposure.
On top of that, all those germs that do survive these toxic cleaning assaults can then evolve into a ‘super-bug’, something well known within the medical community. The germs which are not killed by toxic cleaners can adapt to their new toxic environment and ‘learn’ how to survive. This happens in Nature every day and has occurred for billions of years. So disinfecting may sound like a good idea in theory, but it also guarantees we will continue to create super-bugs.
Additionally, ask yourself this—why, in the USA with our superior hygiene, are we experiencing one of the sharpest increases in the rise of allergies and asthma over the past several decades? Why do people who live in rural areas or farms have significantly fewer allergies? Well, some medical allergen practitioners today believe that our immune system is overreacting to this toxic chemical invasion and may actually be the reason we develop allergies, asthma, and other illnesses. This applies particularly to young children who are more susceptible and have a less-developed immune system.
It has been suggested that our body’s immune system attempts to counter-attack these cleaning chemical invaders, but is unable to recognize them because they are not a natural occurrence. So, while our immune system has a chance at fighting natural organisms or germs, it has no idea what to do when it encounters these synthetic substances. The immune system tries over and over again to attack the toxic-bad guys and creates a rebounding effect, resulting in an allergic reaction.
What Exactly Are Probiotics And How Do They Fit Into All Of This?
The World Health Organization defines Probiotic as meaning “for life”. “A probiotic is a living beneficial bacteria that, when given in adequate amounts, confers a health benefit on its host.”
There are both good and bad bacteria, but when most of us hear the term “bacteria” we usually think of a harmful germ. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. By far, the larger percentage of bacteria in our bodies are absolutely necessary for our health. As much as 90% of the bacteria killed after we clean are the bacteria WE NEED in our environment to be healthy and less than 10% can be considered bad or potentially harmful. Usually, favorable bacteria coexist harmoniously and it is only when harmful microorganisms gain the upper hand that we can become sick.
As in all of Nature, good (probiotic) bacteria and bad are competing to survive. So, loosely speaking, if you have SIGNIFICANTLY more probiotic bacteria then bad, you’ll have a safer, healthier environment. This is the remarkable balance of Nature.
This is a VERY different concept when applied to house cleaning and may take a while to grasp. All of our lives we have been taught to think in terms of ‘killing’ germs so when we use a disinfectant or other toxic cleaner we are essentially killing ALL the bacteria, both good and bad. Why, then, would we want to kill 90% of the microorganisms which we absolutely need in order to remain healthy?
Today, it is fairly common knowledge that we have over-done the toxic killing. Even hospitals are a breeding ground for super-germs due to the excessive disinfectant cleaning and more and more doctors are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics because they kill both the good and bad microbes. Maybe you have had a personal experience where a doctor will prescribe both an ‘anti-biotic’ and a ‘pro-biotic’ simultaneously? Doctors are doing this in order to off-set the killing of all bacteria.
Our Probiotics clean at the microscopic level because there is simply a larger quantity of the good guys preventing the bad guys from over-taking the environment. This is called “competitive exclusion”—microbes fighting it out for survival by attempting to crowd-out one another. Our Probiotics give you that competitive edge you need to keep a clean and healthy home.
And our patented Probiotic cleaners will keep on working up to 72 hours AFTER we clean your home. This means that your home will continually get cleaner and cleaner as time passes. Now, how nice is that?
How Can Probiotics Help With Allergies And Asthma?
Our Probiotic cleaners do not treat symptoms, but instead literally reduce the quantity of allergens in your home. They go directly to the source of the problem. They reduce allergens such as pet dander, dust mite fecal matter (yes, it’s their poop people are allergic to), and mold spores. These are mainly made up of proteins, which is food for probiotics. They love the stuff and eat it right up!
This is a VERY big difference from most other methods used to control allergies. For example, many folks with allergies cover their bedding in plastic to prevent allergens from living on the soft warm cloth surface. But this is only masking the problem…it’s a Band-Aid approach.
Many of our customers tell us their allergy symptoms have significantly reduced when at home, and that they cannot believe the improvement and how much better they feel.
Think about that for a moment – indoor allergens can now be reduced by changing the way we clean. Amazing!
But There’s More…
Bio-film—the germs secret hiding place.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably have never heard of bio-film. It’s like a microscopic city full of bad stuff. Bio-film is on almost all surfaces that are somewhat wet and warm, including on our teeth as plaque. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that 65% of certain types of infections in hospitals are a result of diseases (e.g. H1N1, MRSA, Staph, E.coli), which live and hide in bio-film. But here’s the real kicker—bio-film cannot be removed with any cleaning products including acids. Not even the strongest disinfectant can penetrate its hard crust-like layers. It’s an armor-plated home for germs to live.
The picture you see here is bio-film magnified many times by an electron microscope. You can actually see the microorganisms under the bio-film.
When you eliminate the bio-film, germs and especially viruses have no place to live and reproduce, so they die. Viruses ‘outside’ a bio-film can only survive for a very short time, so removing bio-film is very helpful for a healthy home.
Our Probiotics are proven to significantly remove bio-film as this is also their food!
Some Stats About Harsh Chemical Exposure
In 2003, 90% of all reported poisonings in America (of which 60% were children) occurred at home due to household cleaners
It has been suggested that once a child has been exposed to allergy-causing agents/organisms, such as dust-mites, life-long allergies can develop.
Asthma has increased by over 165% since 1980.
Research has also found that women who worked in their home have a greater risk, as much as 55% higher, of developing cancer and/or chronic respiratory disease than women who work outside of the home.
Household cleaners, cosmetics, and paints contain so many toxic chemicals that this group now represents the second leading source of air pollution in some major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, AFTER car and truck exhaust emissions.
There are an estimated 90,000+ chemical compounds in the USA today of which less than 1% has actually been tested by the government for carcinogenicity. Less than 12% has been tested for ANY kind human or environmental safety. Therefore, we have absolutely no idea how these various combinations of chemicals will affect our health and that of the planet, let alone as to their cancer causing influence.
Not All Green is Green
In our opinion, not all products in stores that are called “green” are truly green.
There is no real definition of what makes a product green or safe, therefore any manufacturer can instantly call their product green by slapping a label and logo on a bottle.
But here’s a simple guide to determine if a cleaner is safe:
Like we mentioned before, it’s important to check if the label contains the words “danger”, “poison”, “warning”, or “caution” and stay away from it if it does.
We make sure any regular green cleaning products are made primarily from vegetable, fruit and/or plant-based ingredients, and are readily biodegradable in less than a year. If the label does not indicate these points, we stay away from it too.
This is an important distinction between Naked Clean and someone who claims their products are green, or certified by the EPA. (Remember, the EPA is the same agency who allows manufacturers to sell products like bleach and other toxic cleaners for use in our homes.
Kelly Preston and John Travolta Talk About Toxic Chemicals In Their Home
Portions of this article extracted from www.USAToday.com
(Note: Since this article originally appeared in USAToday and our website, John and Kelly have tragically lost their son to Kawasaki’s disease)
Kelly Preston and her co-star in life — John Travolta— have made some life-changing decisions about what types of cleaning chemicals they’ll allow in their home.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston want homes to be safe from dangerous toxins.
Preston and Travolta know first-hand about the possibilities of toxic chemicals in the home environment.
“Eight years ago our son got very, very sick with high fever and swollen glands and peeling fingers and rash all over his body,” says Preston, who has taken on the role as national spokesperson for Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC). “We thought it was just the flu, and after several rounds of antibiotics and trips to the doctor, she diagnosed him with Kawasaki syndrome.”
A relatively rare disease, Kawasaki syndrome is a serious rash illness generally contracted by children.
“At the time, one of the questions on the questionnaire was, ‘Have you cleaned your carpet with chemicals recently,’” adds Preston. “We had and so had every other parent in the ward. It was then that we vowed to learn everything we could about our child’s environment.”
“Because it’s not just carpets and cleaning chemicals, it’s in the paints you choose, fabrics you choose, particle boards and the materials you use to renovate,” says Travolta. “It’s in the grass and the chemicals you use on your lawn. And pesticides are big, one of the biggest problems.”
“What people don’t know is that when they use all these chemicals — the scents, the cleaning products — the air inside your home can be more dangerous than breathing on a freeway,” says Preston. “We’re taught if it smells fresh it is a healthy environment, and that’s not always true. It can be very toxic and affect you on a cellular level. And toxic air especially affects small children with smaller immune systems.”
To help make finding safer alternatives easier, CHEC has created a web site to help people learn about all the hidden dangers that might be in the home.
“We’ve launched a Healthy House on the Internet thanks to the Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. government,” says Chuda. “We’ve been able to put together a wonderful one-stop virtual cyber-shop for parents to peruse at their leisure. You can look at every room in the house and find out what are the typical dangers.”
“This is a great time to cut down on the chemicals and know what sort of products you’re using,” says Preston. “Especially during the holidays, when your house is shut up tight and you want to keep the heat in, you don’t want to fill your environment with toxic scents that can affect you and your children adversely, because this is a time for joy and celebrating life.”